Thursday, February 28, 2008

Australia Builds Largest Solar Plant...for now

Originally posted on sustainablog on February 27, 2008 (and I found out that Arizona is outbuilding this one, so it's already outdated).

Every time I turn around, it seems like a new state or new nation is building the world’s largest solar power plant! So here’s the latest one: Australia will break ground next year on a 154-megawatt solar plant in Victoria. That’s nearly twice the size of the largest solar plant in the U.S.

Once it’s up and running in 2013, the it could generate enough power for about 45,000 homes. It’s a very small percentage of Australia’s total electricity generation, but it would cut about 396,000 tonnes of emissions from spewing into the air. The Victoria plant is also expected to be one of the most efficient solar power plants in existence because it will concentrate the solar power, using 112 curved mirrors to direct the sun’s rays onto photovoltaic (PV) cells.

This clean power plant will contribute to Australia’s goal of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. But we’ll have to wait and see how long it remains on top as the largest.

The Age
Earth Times
Financial Times

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